Kochi, August 30: Flight operations have resumed at Kochi Airport, which was shut due to floods since August 14.
The earlier date to resume operations was August 26 which was further extended till August 29. An IndiGo Airlines flight landed at 2 pm at the Cochin International Airport today.
The airport, the seventh busiest in the country, had been rendered non-functional since August 14 after the floods that devastated the state between August 8 and 22. The first commercial flight of Air India landed at INS Garuda Kochi Naval Air Station on August 20 as the Kochi Airport was shut completely. Other airlines like Vistara, Jet Airways, GoAir also sent special services to help those stranded in the devastating floods.
As water levels rose in Kerala during the floods, the runway, terminals as well as the large solar farm surrounding the airport were inundated completely. This forced the DGCA to ask airlines to divert Kochi bound flights to the other two airports in the state in Thiruvanathapuram or Kozhikode or Coimbatore in the neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Mangalore in Karnataka.